For­mer cham­pi­ons re­turn with a bang

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by ALAN SWANN

KHALSA re­turned to Jaidka Cup ac­tion and claimed the most ex­cit­ing win on quar­ter-fi­nals night.

The city side are for­mer win­ners of the cup, but haven’t en­tered in the last cou­ple of sea­sons. They came back with a bang though, book­ing a semi-fi­nal spot against Mar­ket Deep­ing with an eight-run win at Cas­tor.

Tariq Aziz cracked a cou­ple of sixes in his 57 as Khalsa reached 158-5 and a con­sis­tent bowl­ing ef­fort meant they al­ways had enough in hand to thwart a late Cas­tor rally.

James Foun­tain ham­mered four sixes in a brisk 44 to get Cas­tor to 150.

Deep­ing eased into the semi-fi­nals with a sur­pris­ingly com­fort­able seven-wicket win over Cambs Di­vi­sion One lead­ers Wis­bech.

Wis­bech were un­done by a dra­matic bat­ting col­lapse. Simon Freear (35) and Ben All­sop saw the home side to 56-0 in eight overs, but they then lost all 10 wick­ets for a fur­ther 50 runs.

Gary Freear made 22 of them be­fore he was run out by yards one ball af­ter stroking a su­perb six over the mid-wicket bound­ary. Ali Sharp (3-19) bowled with com­mend­able pace and ac­cu­racy for Deep­ing as did Lee Pea­cock (2-5), while Tom An­der­son (3-27) claimed a cou­ple of late wick­ets.

Deep­ing were never trou­bled in re­ply. Cap­tain David Gil­lett played with his usual style and com­po­sure for 36 be­fore Pea­cock (21no) saw them home.

Deep­ing’s Aussie Brodie An­drew had a night to for­get though. His four overs cost 35 runs and he then suf­fered a sus­pected bro­ken fin­ger when struck by an ac­ci­den­tal beamer from Wis­bech skip­per James Wil­liams be­fore he had scored.

Pea­cock also took a nasty blow in the face when he was field­ing and it clearly af­fected his nat­u­ral thought pro­cesses as he went on to bat quite sen­si­bly.

The in­evitable huge six over long on was ac­com­pa­nied by some well­taken sin­gles.

Peter­bor­ough Town’s win over Bar­nack was rather more con­vinc­ing.

The Midweek League Cup scores . . .

Hold­ers Town pow­ered to 193-5 in their 20 overs, mainly thanks to a third wicket stand of 83 be­tween Matthew Pate­man (61) and Lewis Bruce (55).

But man-of-the-match went to leg-spin­ner Daniel Oldham who re­turned re­mark­able twenty/20 fig­ures of 5-6 from 22 balls as Bar­nack crashed to 60 all out.

To be fair Bar­nack were hit by nu­mer­ous un­avail­abli­ties in­clud­ing star Pak­istani Asim Butt who played for Town, scor­ing just 16 be­fore fall­ing to Adam Scotcher.

And there was no fairy­tale win for Yax­ley skip­per Stu­art Brown against his for­mer club Bourne. The Lincs Premier Di­vi­sion side proved far too strong, re­strict­ing Yax­ley to just 101-8.

Mark Ed­wards (29) did best for Yax­ley, while Ben Stroud (28) top­scored for Bourne as they raced home by six wick­ets.

Bourne now host Town in the first semi-fi­nal next Wed­nes­day. Deep­ing en­ter­tain Khalsa on June 16.

HALF-CEN­TURY: Matthew Pate­man hit 61 for Peter­bor­ough Town. (METP-02-06-10AS096).

Pic­tures: ALAN STORER

GOOD SUP­PORT: Lewis Bruce scored 55. (METP-02-06-10AS100)

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